Even though Thein Sein explained last week in New York that he had ordered his troops to stop fighting on Kachin frontlines, the truth on the ground is totally different from that. Then, a question came up whether his orders are faithfully carried out.
The Burma Army has been committing crimes against humanity during the Kachin offensive especially towards the unarmed ordinary citizens in the Kachin frontline. The government soldiers have been committing crimes in progress for decades. Such kinds of maltreatments are particularly documented by several international and regional human rights watch groups constantly.
Since June 2011, Burma Army has been not only assaulting the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) but also the innocent Kachin natives. This extraordinary civil war has in fact been afflicting huge casualties from both government side and the Kachin rebels. The worst action done by the Burmese soldiers is inhuman revenge against ordinary Kachin villagers. There are now around 100,000 Kachin refugees, who have run away from attacks made by Burma Army. As Kachin villagers have abandoned their homes, their villages became ruins and the area changed into a no-man-land where native people are at risk of homicide and forced-labor. For women, they may be victims of sexual-assault by the government soldiers.